Tuesday, July 23, 2019


Lynn Berg and Audrey Crabtree of the group 10 Directions. Their piece is called the Artica Land Grab, sort of a Wild West rush to claim territory when the government opens it up. This time it will take place in one of the large fields where Artica is held. These two had a strong attitude toward their project: this is it, this how it's gonna go, this is how it ends up. Like it or lump it. Grab it or lose it.       

Monday, July 22, 2019


No, not in this case the sparkling Oscar WIlde play. People who presented at Artica's Show and Tell had serious and earnest artistic ambitions. The concepts may have off the wall but the purpose was telling. Above, a puppeteer holds a farm girl and an earth worm, part of a show about soil conservation. Below, the audience was tuned in, too. These two were were also presenters. Since I was busy with images I lost track of who was doing what.          

Sunday, July 21, 2019


Back to color and life in The Lou. Yesterday was a lot of work, with two events to shoot. The first was for Artica. The main festival is in early October but there is a summer program where the participants are asked to so a short demo of their piece or, it that's not practical, give a brief talk about it, maybe with diagrams.

The event took place in the back yard of a small restaurant, Milque Toast, on South Jefferson. It's a breakfast and lunch place serving all kinds of yummies on wonderful toasted bread. There is a small stage and a sort of tent to shield the audience but it was bloody hot. These women performed something very Dada-esque. The meaning was left to the viewer. 


Saturday, July 20, 2019


Being the last day of this business I just uploaded everything in the "possibles" folder. Favorites?         

Sunday, July 14, 2019


One of my local colleagues, Mike Matney, an excellent photographer, got involved in a challenge set by other shooter friends: a one-week image diary, black and white, no caption, no explanation. His first image is a light, exquisite flower. I wasn't sure I have the self-discipline for this but I'm going to give it a try. However, I decided to do it more as a day in the life, a single image from the day I lived. And so it begins.


Saturday, July 13, 2019


These photos are from a week ago, before the air show started. It's not dramatic by our standards but the Mississippi is still in flood, although dropping. The triangle in the lower right of the first picture is the bottom of the Arch's grand staircase. Just beyond, a street and walkway are still under water. Same street in the second picture below the fence. No helicopter flights in the show.               

Friday, July 12, 2019


Sorry no post yesterday. You would think this work stuff would start to leave an older guy like me alone, but no.

Anyway, back at the air show. This was a remarkable aircraft. As you can see, it appears to have two fuselages connected by a single wing.  Another local photographer thought that there is a small jet engine in the center, maybe for the steepest climbs. It seemed go go straight  up, cut power, start to plummet down and then kick in the engines and roar off. No idea how it manages to maintain lift while flying upside down (or how the pilot maintains consciousness). This was very entertaining.          

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


That stands for vertical take off and landing, a military plane that can be used as a fixed-wing aircraft or a helicopter. This sequence of pictures from the air show illustrates how the engines themselves can be rotated from vertical to horizontal. It's amazing that the pilot can maintain control during the transition.              

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Another annual Fair St. Louis event is the air show. It was smaller than usual this year (no biplanes, which I really love) but there was still some cool stuff.

This is the Army's Golden Knights parasailing stunt team. Kind of a weird name since, to my knowledge, there were no parasails during the Middle Ages. Nevertheless, they were tremendously entertaining, swooping around the legs of the Arch..         

Monday, July 8, 2019


More variety from Saturday's fireworks at the Arch. These turned out okay but next year I should find a different point of view.               

Sunday, July 7, 2019


Taken Saturday evening from Kiener Plaza, the fourth and last fireworks show during Fair St. Louis. There are several more good ones and I'm sure I'll edit others.

Saturday, July 6, 2019


Didn't get any holiday weekend pictures yesterday. The weather was gray and hot with intermittent showers. Should be better today and I'll head downtown later.

However, I have tons of photos from last Sunday's Pride Parade. I had a bad back day and eventually parked myself on a cement wall. It turned out to be a good place to shoot the passing parade, the one on the sidewalk, not the street.                     

Friday, July 5, 2019


The rain held off last night so the family went to see the Webster Groves fireworks. It was bloody packed. Things didn't work so well. People lay out tarps hours ahead of time to claim a dry spot for viewing. The view from our area was partly blocked by trees and street lamps. And the remote shutter release cable I have didn't fit my current camera body so, using bulb exposure, I had to press the shutter button with my finger.  And there was obviously a problem with the show itself - short and lacking the usual big finale. 

If the rain stays away I'll try the big display downtown but the forecast is still wet.                

Thursday, July 4, 2019


My home is in Webster Groves, Missouri, an older, inner suburb of St. Louis proper. It's a nice town with a close community, an economic mix, solid (and mostly older) housing and lots of services. No big box stores unless you count a supermarket. The nickname of the high school teams is the Statesmen, after Daniel Webster, not something violent like the University of Missouri Tigers or the clownish St. Louis University Billikens. 

July 4th is a big deal with an hour long parade wandering through the streets. It's very hot and humid today (welcome to The Lou in July) but the whole family went down, found a reasonably shady spot and watched the spectacle. Big fireworks tonight if the thunderstorms hold off.               

Wednesday, July 3, 2019


Pride is a tricky word and concept. It is one of the Seven Deadly SIns. According to the Book of Proverbs, pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Hamlet warns us against the proud man's contumely. (Had to look that one up. It is an out-of-use word for scorn, accent on the first syllable.)  

And yet we are proud of our and our children's accomplishments, our country (sometimes) and our worth for just being human. That was the part on display at the huge Pride Parade downtown on Sunday. It was at least as big as our other annual street buster on St. Patrick's Day. I have a ton more pictures from the event but the big Fourth of July celebrations will start to get in the way. We're watching the practice for the air show over the Mississippi from our office as I write this.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Clearance Sale

Lots of good people shots from dinner at  Lohr and Carrie's house last week. I picked a few of the best to clear out the topic. There are four figures worth of shots from last weekend's Grand Center Theatre Crawl I have not finished sorting by show, let alone edited. Haven't even looked at Sunday's pix from the Pride Parade. Then there are big local and downtown July 4th celebrations later this week if the rain holds off (the forecast is not good) and the river don't rise. (But it probably will.)

Our wonderful host and hostess are in the last picture.